Real repeat 2-1 comeback win in Munich, close in on their fourth Champions League final in five years

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UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid came from a goal down to win at Bayern Munich for the second time in 12 months, and take charge of their semifinal tie. 

The opening goal came on 28th minute when Joshua Kimmich slotted home after a superb through ball from James Rodriguez, Colombian winger on loan at Bayern from Madrid.

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Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller all went close to doubling Bavarians’ advantage in the first half, but instead Madrid struck against the run of play one minute before the break.

Dani Carvajal’s deep right-wing cross found its way to Marcelo, and the Brazilian full back added to his goals against PSG and Juventus in previous rounds.

Half-time substitute Marco Asensio completed the comeback 12 minutes into the second half, and Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich later prevented Karim Benzema from scoring to keep German champions in the tie.

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It was a strange game”, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. “We gifted Madrid two goals through our mistakes. We had really good chances and we did not use them. It’s not a surprise that we’ve lost”, he concluded.

Second leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, May 1.

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Liverpool trashed Roma 5-2 in the other semi-final first leg on Tuesday evening.